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World in a losing battle with gonorrhea as it continues to evolve

Gonorrhea, commonly called "the clap" or "the drip." is now more prevalent globally and harder to treat than ever before, according to the World Health Organization, with some strains of the sexually transmitted disease impossible to treat.

STD-detecting condoms aren’t coming to a store near you

One of the biggest news stories of the past few days has been focused around the idea that a color-changing condom could actually detect sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

How smartphones can revolutionize the diagnosis of disease

Smartphones are revered for their huge range of capabilities, expandable via apps that use the potential of the hardware to maximum effect. One of the most intriguing possibilities being explored now is the ability to use a phone to diagnose illness.

Genetic sequencing used to map HIV transmission

The transmission network of HIV in a human population has been mapped, using genetic sequencing, for the first time, say researchers from University of California San Diego.

STDs are a growing problem among senior citizens

Dr. Bradley Stoner, an associate professor of anthropology and of medicine at Washington University who both treats patients with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and also conducts research in this area, says that STDs are growing amongst seniors.

First Derm, a 'Crotch Selfie' app from Sweden, makes headlines

Launched in Sweden as an STD triage app, First Derm now accepts photos of any rash, bump, wart or strange mole above and below the waist, and works with a team of dermatologists to help identify the issue. The "Crotch Selfie" app is making headlines.

Gene editing uses HIV virus to fight disease

A new technology has been developed that uses the HIV virus as a weapon against hereditary infection. In the longer term it will also fight HIV infection say the researchers.

Largest STD online community/dating website and its new app Special

The largest online community and dating website for people with sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has announced a new iOS app. Launched in 2001, is for people who live with STDs like HIV, Herpes (HSV), or HPV.

Fifty Shades of Grey leading to STD rise in older couples says MD

Dr. Charlotte Jones, chair of the British Medical Association’s GP Committee, said that the success of novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" could be giving older couples more sexual confidence but warned that there is a risk of failing to protect from STDs.

Tobacco smoking impairs immune system in HIV-infected people

Smoking and being HIV infected further compromises the immune system presenting the worst immune profile, say researchers in the first study of its kind.

Links found between HIV treatment and birth defects

Specific links between medicines used to manage HIV in pregnant women, and the prevalence and type of birth defects, have been found in a new study.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease linked to STDs

A new study has linked the sexually transmitted diseases (STD) chlamydia and gonorrhoea with an increased risk of hospitalisation due to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)

A drug-resistant gonorrhea on the loose, new treatment adopted

Doctors in Ontario are experimenting with new treatment methods to combat a strain of gonorrhea they describe as being drug-resistant. The old treatment was simply an antibiotic in pill form but now this new treatment combines injections and pills.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana offering free STD testing

The Planned Parenthood of Indiana is holding their annual Get Yourself Tested campaign for on April 12. April is National STD Awareness Month.

STDs on rise among senior citizens

Officials have said that one age group in particular, senior citizens, has shown an alarming rise in sexually transmitted diseases.

One Direction members worried about contracting chlamydia

A few One Direction band members are concerned about their health after they were urinated on by koalas while visiting an animal sanctuary in Australia.

CDC warns our ability to cure gonorrhea may not last much longer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, we're slowly losing our ability to fight gonorrhea, a common sexually transmitted disease.

Men with STDs smell putrid to women, says new study

Novosibirsk - A group of Russian scientists say that their study shows that men with STDs give odor that women say is putrid. The scientists say that humans, like animals such as mice, may be using sense of smell to sniff out attractive and healthy sexual partners.

Parents encouraged to talk about STDs with their teens

Chlamydia. HPV. Herpes. Gonorrhea. Not easy topics for any parent to discuss with their children but with a growing number of teens being infected it's become very important.

Man contracts insect-borne virus and sexually transmits to wife

Fort Collins - Scientists say it's probable that they may have documented the first case of a virus contracted by a man who was bitten multiple times by insects and then sexually transmitted to his wife, according to a study published on 'Emerging Infectious Diseases.'

Sarah Palin's Alaska fights rising gonorrhea rate

Anchorage - An outbreak of gonorrhea across portions of the state of Alaska, that began in 2009, has continued throughout 2010 statistics show. Alaskan state health officials say they are examining new ways to try to control this STD and curb its spread.

Think you've got an STD? There's an app for that

Your smart phone may be getting even smarter; It may soon have an app making it "your mobile doctor," according to Dr. Tariq Sadiq, a senior lecturer and consultant physician in sexual health and HIV at St George's, University of London.

Study: Erectile dysfunction drugs linked to higher rates of STDs

A new study of more than 1.4 million men over the age of 40 has found that those who take ED drugs are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases. Men using an ED drug were two to three times more likely than non-users to have STDs.

75% of Dutch teens show up for controversial cervical cancer jabs

Seventy-five percent of all the called up Dutch teens offered free cervical cancer inoculations showed up Monday, a health ministry official said. Due to widespread opposition, there had been claims that the programme might face a large boycott.

Website Exposes STD Carriers

A site called is revealing the names, sexual orientation, photo and disease information of those who have a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

You've got email, and herpes

If you receive an e-card recently warning you about possibly contracting a sexually transmitted disease, don't relegate it as spam just yet. A San Francisco website lets people email STD alerts. has sent more than 49,000 cards since 2004.

Pittsburgh Parents Attack Abstinence-Only Sex Ed, Want Teens to Learn About STDs

A national debate is brewing over the effectiveness of abstinence-only sex education in U.S. schools, and a Pittsburgh school board petition has sparked discussion about the bigger problem. Should teens learn more about sex to better protect themselves?

Study: High Incident Rates of STD In US Teen Girls

A new study finds that a quarter of teenage American girls in the age group of 14 to 19 could be suffering from some form of STD (Sexually Transmitted Diesease). This is said to be the first study of its kind in the US.

New STD Passes Gonorrhea Among Young Adults

Mycoplasma genitalium, a sneaky STD that is often asymptotic has beaten Gonorrhea among the younger generation. The infection appeared in the 1980's but so far there is little known about it.

Older people becoming the high risk group for STD's

The numbers are growing among the ages of 45 to 50 for people contracting STD's making them the new high risk group.
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Pelvic inflammatory disease is a painful condition and has now been linked to two common STDs
Pelvic inflammatory disease is a painful condition and has now been linked to two common STDs
STDs are rising at an alarming rate in the U.S.
STDs are rising at an alarming rate in the U.S.
Colored STD detecting condoms may just be a pipe dream
Colored STD detecting condoms may just be a pipe dream
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A Durex condom
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